FrankenPanzer - Build Thread
Posted September 19, 2011 - 09:48 PM
Well... got started. I love the way the older panzers like the T70B look with the rounded shape and fenders and such, but understood that finding a mower is key to putting one to work in suburbia here. So that's what made the 1107 attractive - mechanically it was in great shape and I could see everything run. The engine has some problems, but overall okay.
Anyway here's my starter pictures. The 1107 as-is - it's about to get the sheet metal all removed. Then the parts from the T70B which are going to get sandblasted on Wednesday. Then what little is left of the T70B. I'm going to leave it up there for reference until I get the new tractor all fitted.
But basically the next steps are to finsih all those pieces in Teal and get them on the 1107. It seems that the hood is mounted higher , and the sprocket cover needs to sit higher as well. Shouldn't be a problem with very minor fabrication. The rear hood support likely does need extended. Again, shouldn't be a problem. We'll see soon enough, huh?
Posted September 19, 2011 - 09:50 PM
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Goodluck on the build
Posted September 20, 2011 - 03:19 PM
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Posted September 21, 2011 - 09:00 AM
Thanks everybody for the well-wishes. Just took the sheet metal to be blasted. Probably be back on Thursday. 1978Murray may be interested in the engine that's in there so here it is...
yea i want his motor, it has many parts i have been looking for.
Posted September 21, 2011 - 07:08 PM
And here's your motor.
And a youtube video of it running to make sure you want it: 104 1047 - YouTube
Got the engine off and took it out to pressure wash. guess they're all pink on the inside, huh.
I hadn't sent off the heavy seat and fender supports to sandblast, so I ground and primed them here. Can start to see the first resemblance to a T70...
Well, the sandblasting is supposed to be done tonight... waiting for a call... Late night putting primer on bare metal coming.
Posted September 21, 2011 - 07:43 PM
Posted September 26, 2011 - 08:53 PM
Got back the sandblasted parts and set them on, just to give an idea of where things are going. Yes, the fenders were on backwards.
I hate bodywork with a passion. But grin and bear it and get some primer on...
One of the trickier parts of this is putting the sprocket cover from a T70 on the 1107. Just raised it up about and inch and a half using a bolt-on arrangement. Good not to weld something on when you don't have to.
After that, been working on fitting parts and getting the engine fitted. Here's the GX390 clone sitting right where it's supposed to go. Took a little fitting to get it in there with the steering. Took out the mower lift and put in the lift from the old T70 and was able to tie it to the newer mower lift. Clearance problem solved.
Next up... I started drilling the new holes for the nose to go on. Got a gas tank that should work under the hood. So I can take that big blue one off the engine and use one in the stock location... need to put the belt guides on.. Just a long list of stuff.
Posted September 28, 2011 - 09:10 PM
Here's the nose mounted - got the "Panzer" painted white to be masked off later for the turquoise. Can see the big gx390 style jug and exhaust sticking out the side.
Here's from the side - got the fenders on the right way :) Got the steering mounted just right for me. Had a universal that I welded in and raised it up. The 1107 this started as had the steering wheel almost flat level. The old 70b that I took the parts from had the steering wheel so low that it was between your legs. So this is somewhere in between. Getting hard to believe this started out as an 1107.
Got another gas tanks - looks like from a briggs but not sure at a local mower shop... It's a lot bigger than the stock T70 tank, but made it work with its own mounting straps. Think I'm going to keep the key and the throttle choke on the engine where they are. You just reach down and their actually pretty convenient where they are...
This is the part I"m not liking though... The steering is just in the right spot now, but this ugliness is above the hood... Think I'll take a piece of 22 guage steel and bend it to make a half tube as kind of a steering column to cover this. A lot of messing around for just looks. Anyone got any other ideas to dress this up?
Charging on... next up finish the rear steering mounts and then repair the rust in the sprocket cover.
Posted September 28, 2011 - 09:23 PM